What causes headaches?


Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, and understanding the specific type is crucial for determining the appropriate treatment. Here are some common causes of headaches as discussed by :

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury: Headaches can occur as a result of head injuries, which may cause swelling and inflammation affecting the brain and surrounding tissues. This can disrupt the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and blood, leading to headaches 1.

  2. Muscular Tension: Tension-type headaches are often caused by chronic psychological stress, lack of sleep, and lifestyle factors, manifesting as a band-like pain around the forehead or other head areas 2.

  3. Vasodilation: Expansion or widening of the arteries, blood vessels, and capillaries can lead to headaches due to the increased pressure between the brain, the surrounding tissues, and the skull 3.

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  4. Hormonal Fluctuations: Hormonal headaches, especially in women, can occur due to low levels of estrogen and progesterone during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, affecting the vasodilation and vasoconstriction system 4.

Each of these causes relates to different underlying biological mechanisms, highlighting the complexity of diagnosing and treating headaches effectively.